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As a permanent resident, you and your dependants have:
- the right to live, work or study anywhere in Canada;
- the right to receive most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage;
- protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- the right to apply for Canadian citizenship after a period of residence.
You may either be sponsored by a family member who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or immigrate through one of the economic programs.